Tuesday, January 26, 2016

random updates jan 26th

Random thoughts:

Despite the fact that it has difficult repercussions on oil producing provinces, namely Alberta, I'm proud of Montreal region mayors for saying no to the energy east pipeline. I know that I'm part of the problem and that I live a fuel dependent lifestyle, but we have to start somewhere. I hope this signals the beginning of political leaders stepping up and making the environment a priority. The economy vs the environment debate is getting old and it's time to start debunking that narrative. They can coexist and even be mutually beneficial.

Also happy that the Assembly of First Nations won in court against the Federal government in their case claiming that the resources alloted to First Nations communities (education, health, etc) is discriminatory as documents prove that First Nations children are funded up to 35% less than the average Canadian school child.

Less political (though still somewhat political), I spent last weekend with students learning fair trade, employment equity, access to education and student refugee programs. It was amazing to watch youth engage and be part of that process. I love my job in so many ways.

Little Faye is embracing his toddlerhood with avengence. It's both amazing and exhausting! I love watching him become his own person but don't always love the process of his learning independence. Oh well, such is life.

Yet again, Mr Faye and I went through another bout of remember kindness is key in a relationship. It's so easy to lose sight of and let marriage become a scorecard of resentments and frustrations. This time however, Mr Faye was the first to address it, which made me unexplainably happy as this is not typical for him. It's so amazing to think of how far he's come in terms of emotional self awareness and ability to communicate his own frustrations/emotions. I mean that honestly, not judgementally. When we first met, he came from a family that never talked about anything and he kept everything bottled up. For him to start the dialogue is actually quite huge. This man drives me crazy and often I don't get parts of him at all, but I love him and that he's in it for the long haul and committed to doing the work; fighting it out.

My brother has sort of disappeared since the big reveal/school restarting. I'm trying to give her her space even though I know that she probably needs time to do all the things she's doing. From starting a support group, to seeing a social worker, to classes and work. But inquiring, big sister, busybody minds want to know what's going on!

Spiritually speaking, I'm pondering the nature of service to the gods. We often read the comment that Wicca is all about being in service to the gods, but I think that my understanding of that is changing rather drastically lately in favour of the service being a bit more of a symbiotic relationship that calls the gods to action through our efforts and rememberance. I'm still pondering what that means, it's kind of in the periphery of my brain, amorphous and just out of reach in terms of the language part of me that tries to communicate. It's a bit intangible but still lurking on the edge, teasing it's way into meaning.

Lastly, exercise. Yeah. I've been hit and miss but every time I work out, I am reminded once again of how much my body needs the outlet for my inner fires. Getting off my butt continues be a challenge however, despite the fact that I know this need for exercise is crucial to my wellbeing. Sometimes I am my own worst enemy, but I'm still plugging away at it!

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